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Betrayed by a family member

Yesterday, we had one of those incidents you hope will never happen. 

I suppose when you mix babies, toddlers, dogs, cats and adults together in a confined space, something is bound to go wrong. 

Someone who has been part of the family for years lets you down in the worst possible way.

Yesterday, when my back was turned for a moment, I heard a blood curdling scream from the baby. By the time I got back into the room, she was crying.

It was that awful, serious sort of crying where she was so upset that she couldn’t actually cry.

As soon as I looked at her hand, I could see the deep, purple bite marks. She was holding her hand up to me with her mouth wide open, waiting to find the breath to scream.

And then the screaming came, and the sobbing and the pitiful crying until she eventually cried herself to sleep.

That put us in such a difficult situation. Realistically, is it going to be possible to keep them separate?

I know it was a mistake to leave them in a room together unattended, but sometimes you just need to nip out of the room to grab something.

Can I just be more careful, making sure that I don’t leave them unsupervised? What if there is an emergency, can I ever trust them together again?

And what if I have to leave the house? Let’s face it, Lia has never really been away from me, but could I ever ask someone to come to the house to look after the children again?

I couldn’t expect them to deal with the guilt of my baby getting bitten. And what if it was more serious next time?  

So I decided not to make any rash decisions. What could possibly happen during the course of an afternoon? I’d leave it, talk to my husband about it and make a decision later in the day. 

And everything was going so smoothly until bed time. 

I was just saying good night to the girls and I heard my husband cry out in pain. He had been bitten as well. 

So now it wasn’t just the baby, I couldn’t even leave my husband unattended for fear of him getting hurt. It seems that nobody in our house is immune. 

The kindest, gentlest member of our family has turned into a monster. 

Where do we go from here? 

2015-03-07 14.04.15

I wonder if Gumtree take toddlers. Free to a good home? 



  1. March 24, 2015 / 4:34 am

    Ha ha I was concerned, then a bit judgmental sorry 🙁 I feel bad now.
    He he he the biting stage. Thank goodness it wasn’t an animal I’d be gutted if we had to get rid of our dog.

    • March 24, 2015 / 5:13 am

      Oh me too Emma, it doesn’t bear thinking about. Mind you, the poor dog would probably be safer elsewhere so he doesn’t get bitten 😉

  2. March 25, 2015 / 8:47 am

    My nephew did it, my little brother did it to me…thankfully just a very short attention-seeking phase for them and I hope the same for your house too x

    • March 25, 2015 / 3:43 pm

      Thank you Lisa, I’m hopeful that it won’t last. We haven’t had anything since that day so our fingers are firmly crossed!x

  3. March 25, 2015 / 12:23 pm

    Sorry but this post is brilliant! I was so expecting you to have to be making the decision to get rid of a dog, not a toddler (although I was secretly hoping it was a toddler!). I hope the biting stage doesn’t stick around too long!

    • March 25, 2015 / 3:45 pm

      Aw thank you Lisa. Nope, Pluto is still firmly in the good books. Which is a good job, because the metaphorical dog house is currently occupied 😉

  4. March 25, 2015 / 7:57 pm

    Whew…had me going too!
    My mom took care of the biting stage with my sister via bar of soap. 🙂 LoL

    • March 25, 2015 / 10:22 pm

      Lol I’m hoping we won’t need to resort to soap, but thanks for the tip, it may yet come to that 😉

  5. March 27, 2015 / 2:19 am

    Oh dear, hope the biting stage doesn’t last too long. When I was little I used to bite my own hands then run crying to my mother that my sister had bit me – attention seeking little brat that I was! x

    • March 27, 2015 / 6:27 am

      Haha that’s brilliant! We will have to look out for that trick as they get older!x

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